The Good / There is no good here.
The Bad / Lies, falsehoods and pushing an antiquated and ineffective system.
My Recommendation / This is nothing more than a scam designed to get you to pay them money without thinking rationally. If you're looking for a legitimate way to make sustainable money online, stick with our tried and true methods of making money online instead.
Computer Skills Review
There are some scams that just keep popping up again and again, albeit with a new name and fake persona attached. Today’s iteration is called Computer Skills.
It is a “link posting” scam, which has spawned a surprising number of websites, usually in the same style as each other.
Let’s dive in to how this one works.
Computer Skills by Jessica Carter
Computer Skills actually has zero to do with general computer skills, it’s just an available domain for the scammer to use that has at least a tenuous relation to making money online.
Jessica Carter is also abstract, after all she doesn’t really exist. The photo provided for her is stock imagery, which the site now happily confirms, but she is also fake. Sites like Computer Skills regularly reuse the same content and often with just a name change.
The site promotes a method of making cash online called link posting. The sales pitch misinforms you by saying that you’ll get paid for every link you post, but the reality is much different.
Does Jessica look familiar? This is the same image and text used by Riley Nelson and Secured Web Orders.
Basically it’s a form of affiliate marketing where you provide a link to another company’s site, such as Amazon.com, and if someone clicks your link and buys something you get a commission in return.
Affiliate marketing is a very popular and legitimate way of making money online, but its bastard child “link posting” is not a real opportunity.
You see the issue lies in how the links are presented. The Computer Skills sales pitch suggests that you can post a link anywhere and make money, but think about it, when was the last time you clicked a random link in a blog comment, on a forum or on social media? Especially when you did not know the person providing the link.
This is the crux of it; affiliate marketing provides a background of value and trust whereas “link posting” does not. This is why link posting is an unsustainable and really nonviable way of earning online.
Is Computer Skills a Scam?
Barring the fact that link posting is not a great way to earn, the Computer Skills site has a bunch of worrying elements that should scare you off.
Flag 1: Exaggerated Earnings Claims
The people behind Computer Skills would have you believe that it’s easy to make good money by just posting links online.
They even provide a handy calculator to show you how much you could potentially earn.
If you can make sense of this calculator, you’re a lot smarter than I am. There is nothing logical about it.
Why am I setting how much I’m getting paid per link? How long could it possibly take to post 5 links? What the hell is going on here?
Even the possibility that the figure is an average earning per link doesn’t hold up. The average click through rate of links on a well visited, well-crafted and valued blog is in the region of 3-5% of the traffic, and that’s optimistic. Then you have the conversion from clicker to buyer which is often even lower.
You’d need to post a whole lot of links to even get remotely to an average link value like that, because the links you’ll be posting will not be supported by anything of value.
As such the earnings that Computer Skills claim is completely and utterly exaggerated.
Flag 2: Exaggerated Demand
As Computer Skills does not make it clear that you will not be paid per link, but instead must earn it by sending traffic to the link, their statement of demand makes no sense.
Sure there are literally thousands of companies out there that want to have you promote them in return for a commission but there’s not a single one who will pay you simply to post a link.
If they ever need a service like that they can simply pay a developer to code up a simple script to do it, or pay someone overseas peanuts.
Flag 3: Scarcity Tactics
Digital products do not run out. That’s what makes them so great. The only time scarcity works for digital products is if the people behind it simply stop selling the product.
Computer Skills suggests it’s only available for 15 people per city, but that’s a blatant lie as they actually want as many people as possible to fall for the scam, so why limit it? You’ll never know if they do or not.
A similar thing occurs with the pricing: Computer Skills want you to believe that the pricing will go up soon, but really the price has been set at a well-tested price point. It’s not too expensive to turn people away, and it’s not too cheap as to make you think its poor quality. As such, the price will never go up.
Tactics like these are designed to make you rush your purchase; it’s basically to heighten your sense of FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out.
The Biggest Flag: The Unknown
I’ve already told you how Jessica Carter is a figment of the imagination, but it seems like the people behind Computer Skills are too.
There’s no formal address, and no company name other than the website name. There’s literally nothing to aid you track down who is behind this.
That means that you will be giving your money to a random stranger with little hope of getting help from authorities if the deal turns sour.
Will you risk your hard earned cash on an unknown?
Computer Skills Refund & Contact Information
I did do some digging around and found the following listed.
Computer Skills operates out of
27525 Puerta Real #100-442
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
which appears to be nothing more than a box at a UPS store.
Customer service can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 1-888-224-9248.
Don’t Buy Computer Skills
Everything about this one is terrible, from the name, to the cheesy stock photography to the lies they are trying to pass as truths.
This is nothing more than an attempt to get you to open your wallet without thinking rationally.